Buddha bathing ceremony celebrates the Chol-chnam-Thmay festival


On April 16 2014, at the Candaransi pagoda (Tran Quoc Thao street, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city) a Buddha bathing ceremony was held according to Khmer tradition in the Chol-chnam-Thmay festival. 

The Chol-chnam-Thmay festival is the New Year festival celebrated  in 3 days according to ancient calendar of Khmer people

The third day is named “Tngai Lom Sak” (a new age), the main day as well as the last day of New Year festival. As in the first two days, in the morning, people bring breakfast to monks and listen to the sermon and then Buddhists bathe Buddha statues with fragrant water.

On the occasion of the Chol-chnam-Thmay festival, the Buddha bathing ceremony in the family also reflects respect of and tribute to the Buddha, while offerings of dishes, confectionery and fruits express gratitude and best wishes to parents and grandparents.